Invitation to Participate in External Review of IPBES Assessments

IPBES aims to finalize five assessments at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary, in March 2018: four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia) and the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration.

One of the most important phases in drafting assessments is the period in which they are opened for external review by any interested experts, ranging from scientists and decision-makers, to practitioners and the holders of indigenous and local knowledge.

Participation and engagement of Governments in the external review period is especially vital to strengthen the credibility, legitimacy and policy relevance of the assessments, as well as to deepen their ownership of the assessments.

The eight-week period for external review of the second order drafts of the assessment chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers will run from 1 May until 26 June 2017 for the land degradation and restoration, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia assessments; and from 29 May until 24 July 2017 for the Americas assessment.

Experts wishing to participate will first need to register as users of the IPBES website (http://www.ipbes.net/user/register?destination=sod-review) if they have not already done so. They can then apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters per assessment at www.ipbes.net/sod-review (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website users). They will receive confidential access to the draft chapters and summaries for policymakers and will be requested to submit their comments in English using a template that will also be supplied. All relevant comments will then be addressed by the assessment authors in the next round of revisions.

We have recorded a 20-minute webinar focusing on how Governments especially can participate in this external review. The webinar can be accessed on the IPBES website and at: https://youtu.be/tnx8nxDId08 The secretariat is also producing ‘print-ready’ A-5 size flyers in all six UN official languages, which will soon be shared with you electronically to help your efforts to advertise the external review process.  

Thank you in advance for your support in helping us to ensure the widest possible range of expert participation in the external review process – the more relevant comments we receive, the better the assessments will all be.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Larigauderie | Executive Secretary

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (www.trentu.ca)

Supervisor: Dennis Murray (http://www.dennismurray.ca)

We are initiating a PhD project to assess responses to climate change among native species in Canada’s boreal forest. The boreal forest comprises Canada’s largest biome but its state is rapidly deteriorating, including due to climate change. Our recent findings (Row et al. 2012 Glob. Chan. Biol doi:10.1111/gcb.12526; Murray et al., PLoS (ONE), in press) forecast dire consequences to the boreal forest especially in the boundary region between Ontario-Quebec where disjunct east-west populations of native plants, birds, and mammals, and extensive loss of native biodiversity, likely will arise. Through field sampling, species distribution modeling, population viability analysis, and landscape genetics and adaptive genomics, the PhD student will determine: 1) the current and potential future extent of change in boreal species in the Ontario-Quebec region relative to less-impacted areas; 2) how boreal breakdown may affect population processes and viability of native species in the region; 3) whether invasives are colonizing the region disproportionately quickly compared to other regions; and 4) if native or invasive species in the region demonstrate genome-level evidence of stress or adaptation to environmental change. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The PhD student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University (www.dennismurray.ca) and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change (www.create-enviro.ca).

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (dennismurray@trentu.ca). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by September 2017 or January 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early.

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TIER 1 CRC IN ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING

The Faculty of Science at Western University is pleased to announce a search for a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Complex Environmental Systems Modeling and Analysis to be appointed to a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Applications will be considered starting April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, see:

http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/faculty/CSMA_Ad_Feb12017_ConsensusV41.pdf

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PhD RESEARCH ASSISTANSHIP: Variations in species assemblages following climate change

The variations in environmental conditions resulting from climate changes can be such that a given location can become most suitable to different species assemblages over time. To identify suitable targets for ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation, we need to be able to predict those changes. This PhD research project aims at developing tools to anticipate variations in biodiversity that will take place following climate change in northern boreal forests. The project will be mostly based on existing datasets of vascular plants, beetles and birds surveyed along latitudinal transects located in the boreal forest of Quebec and Alberta. The gradual latitudinal changes in climate conditions will serve as our proxy for ongoing climate change. Fieldwork is needed to complete the bird and beetle surveys at the northern portion of the Quebec’s transect.

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in this project on the temporal change in species assemblages in boreal forests following climate change. The project is part of the transdisciplinary research program of Sentinel North. The successful candidate will join a research group comprised of biologists, statisticians and physicists working on Network Analysis of Umbrella and Indicator Species. The student will be co-supervised by Daniel Fortin (biologist, U. Laval), Christian Hébert (entomologist, Canadian Forest Service) and Marcel Darveau (ornithologist, Ducks Unlimited).

Qualifications: Hold an MSc in terrestrial ecology or related field. Be familiar with the use of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing data, and have a strong interest for statistics and quantitative ecology. Université Laval is a French university, and the student will be asked to learn French within the first two years.

A scholarship of 18,000$/year is available for 3 years. Small scholarships from U. Laval will be added to this amount. Students admissible for NSERC and FRQNT fellowships will be favoured.

Documents to provide by email: Applicants for this position should forward a short cover letter indicating their motivation, accompanied by a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references to: Daniel Fortin (Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca). We will start reviewing the applications on 15 April 2017.

Daniel Fortin
Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada

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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Plant Biology, University of Waterloo. Application deadline: 15 June 2017.

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Plant Biology commencing January 2018, or other mutually agreeable date. Although candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be preferred, exceptional candidates at higher ranks may be considered. We are seeking applications from outstanding scholars in evolutionary-ecology whose research investigates broad issues related to systematics, the adaptation of plants to environmental change, or physiological or genetic responses of plants to stress. The research program may target individuals and/or populations. The successful candidate will join our dedicated team of scholars and teachers and will bring innovative and modern pedagogical practices to courses in both the core and plant biology areas of our undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

The successful applicant will have a PhD and a strong track record of innovative research in plant biology with important peer-assessed contributions to the field. Additionally, s/he will demonstrate a commitment to achieve outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching and to make valuable service contributions within our collaborative environment. Finally, the candidate must either have, or demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain, an independent, externally-funded research program.

The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified, or higher ranked, candidates.

The Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo was established in 1964 and has a team of 39 faculty committed to teaching and research excellence across the life sciences. Our department also includes ≈ 90 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows and research associates, along with over 1800 Honours undergraduate students enrolled in either Co-operative Education or Regular Biology-related programs. Our Department fosters a dynamic and thriving research environment with over $5.5 million in annual research, 3 Canada Research Chairs, and 1 University Research Chair. Our graduate programs, including collaborations with other departments in the Faculties of Science, Environment, Mathematics & Engineering and the Water Institute, consistently attract outstanding Canadian and International applicants.

The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive and vibrant two-university Region of Waterloo (population 550,000) in southwestern Ontario, approximately 100 km from Toronto. We are centrally located relative to several other universities having strong Biology research profiles, including the University of Guelph, McMaster University and Western University. The University of Waterloo and the Waterloo region carry strong reputations in innovation and entrepreneurial culture, affording a myriad of collaborative opportunities.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. “Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

The closing date for applications is 15 June 2017. Application packages, which should be submitted electronically as a single pdf document, should include a brief cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), research plan (2-pages) and the names and full contact information of at least three references to:

Dr. Hugh Broders, Chair,
Attn.: Monica Beal, m4beal@uwaterloo.ca University of Waterloo
Faculty of Science
Department of Biology
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3G1

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External review period for IPBES assessments

The IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) secretariat has announced a period for external review of:

  • Drafts of the thematic assessment report on land degradation and restoration
  • Drafts of the four regional assessments (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services,
  • First order drafts of their Summaries for Policymakers.
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WCS Marine Scientific Advisor, Madagascar

Reports to: WCS Madagascar Marine Conservation Director
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar with frequent missions to WCS’s intervention sites Start date: May 15 2017

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Marine Scientific Advisor to contribute to the effective implementation of its field-based marine conservation efforts in Madagascar. WCS is a leading actor in marine research and conservation in Madagascar. WCS develops and leads science- based, community-driven field conservation and capacity building programs in three priority seascapes: Toliara in the southwest, Antongil Bay in the northeast and Nosy Be in the northwest, and is seeking to establish new MPAs in other parts of the country. Through its on-the-ground, long-term investments WCS builds trust and empowers local communities in these priority areas, thus laying a strong foundation for long-term success.

The marine conservation program primarily focuses on: i) working closely with local communities and the government to restore local fisheries and protect coastal and marine systems; ii) managing marine protected areas recently created in the northwest, southwest and northeast and supporting establishment of new marine protected areas, iii) supporting a global effort to conserve threatened populations of globally important marine species, including cetaceans and sharks and rays; iv) training and capacity building in marine conservation within and external to WCS, and participation in overall marine conservation planning and prioritization in Madagascar.

The position is based in the capital city of Antananarivo, and will require extensive travel to field sites in Madagascar. The WCS Madagascar Marine Advisor position is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Objective:

Overall Responsibilities

The Marine Scientific Advisor provides scientific advice to the WCS Marine team in the development, implementation and management of the field level activities for WCS Madagascar marine conservation program. Under the supervision of the Marine Conservation Director, he/she will work closely with the Country Program Director and the WCS NY Marine Associate Director, in overall strategic development, program planning, scientific data collection and analyses, and project development and implementation. He /she is the lead scientific advisor for marine conservation in the WCS Madagascar program and is responsible for integrating scientific research and monitoring activities into program implementation with the ultimate aim of improving the conservation impact of WCS’s field-based conservation work. He/she and will be responsible for advising of technical orientations, building staff capacity in marine conservation science methodologies and applications, providing specific input for on-site decisions, and developing communications materials that contribute to awareness raising and the visibility of WCS’s conservation achievements.

Contribution to Marine Conservation Strategic and Programmatic Planning (10%)

  • Contribute to WCS’s marine conservation vision and strategic plan for Madagascar. Ensure that program priorities, strategy and approaches are based on up to date science and WCS Global Conservation Program (GCP) marine conservation goals and objectives including WCS’s globally important marine species.
  • In collaboration with the WCS Madagascar Country Program Director and Marine Conservation Director, represent WCS’ marine conservation work in Madagascar to technical and financial partners, government partners, and other NGOs, and establish and maintain strong working relationships with these partners.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the WCS marine team in the preparation of fundraising proposals that are based on sound marine conservation science and that respond to WCS’s marine conservation priorities at the global and national levels.

Capacity Building for Marine Team Staff (25%)

  • Advise Marine Conservation Director on personnel and technical needs to ensure implementation of an efficient, effective, and technically capable marine conservation field program.Lead integration of data collection, analyses and integration of results into field based activities of marine program (40%)
  • In collaboration with the Marine Conservation Director, analyses capacity building needs and provides regular training and technical support to staff in relation to project implementation, data collection and analysis and field level implementation.
  • Oversee establishment and implementation of a program wide monitoring and evaluation system including a set of core indicators to measures WCS’s field based conservation impacts. Ensure appropriate and efficient collection, analysis and dissemination of data, including training of national staff in these skills.
  • Lead development of adaptive management frameworks for WCS-managed marine protected areas and Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) supported by WCS that ensure use of analyzed data in field based conservation decisions by communities and WCS field staff.
  • Develop and implement an action plan to valorize existing and historic datasets collected by WCS Madagascar on marine conservation issues in order to inform future conservation actions.
  • Publicize WCS Madagascar marine program achievements through popular and scientific media, and as possible, publish project results in scientific journals and through presentation at national and international forums. Ensure capacity building of national staff in undertaking research and participating in the preparation of scientific publications.
  • Liaise with national and international research institutes to attract researchers and students to develop research activities based on WCS marine conservation priorities. In accordance with priorities and available resources, oversee the implementation of marine research activities, including training of national students and staff research.
  • Liaise with conservation support teams in WCS Madagascar to provide technical and scientific input to marine priority setting and spatial planning processes at the national and regional levels

WCS Marine Conservation Program Administrative and Management Support (25%)

  • Act as project Principal Investigator (PI) on projects related primarily to scientific data collection and analyses including responsibility for project technical and financial management.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts targeting science and research based activities as stand-alone projects or as part of broader conservation projects.
  • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans and periodic technical project reports as required by WCS and financial partners.

Qualifications:

  • MSc./ Ph.D. or equivalent experience in marine conservation science, marine ecology or biology, including conservation and project management experience. A specialization in coral reef ecology or shark and ray ecology would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to achieve successful on-the-ground conservation outcomes in tropical developing countries.
  • Experience in community-based conservation initiatives, coastal fisheries sustainable management, coral reef habitat and fisheries monitoring and/or marine species conservation.
  • Experience in capacity building with national professional counterparts and partners.
  • SCUBA certification level equivalent at least to PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Demonstrated success in publishing scientific articles in peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with people of diverse cultures, value systems, perspectives and levels of education, and to manage staff in these contexts.
  • Professional proficiency in French and English. Working knowledge of Malagasy will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within Madagascar.
  • Previous working experience in developing countries is essential.

Applications for the position, including a CV and a covering letter, should be made online or sent to wcsmad@wcsmad.org with copy to cramilison@wcs.org before 7 April 2017.

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The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE) seeks candidates for the position of Director

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE; http://ciee-icee.com/) seeks candidates for the position of Director. Since its inception, CIEE/ICEE has brought together scientists and their diverse partners (industrial, government, non-governmental) to identify and attack important integrative problems in ecology and evolution through synthesis working groups. Recent working groups have addressed critical topics including: optimal design of Canadian protected areas in a changing climate; effects of human disturbance on the structure and function of coastal eelgrass communities, and; evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales. The Institute also sponsors training workshops in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE/SCEE; http://csee-scee.ca). CIEE/ICEE is seeking a new Director to build on our history of successful synthetic activities and to provide leadership and strategic direction as CIEE/ICEE continues to grow and mature. The Director is appointed by CIEE/ICEE’s Management Board (3-year, renewable term) and receives a $5,000 yearly allowance. Normally, CIEE/ICEE would relocate to the Director’s home Institution, although the Board is open to exploring other potential models with interested parties (e.g., a distributed Institute where activities are hosted both at and beyond a physical centre). The Director is expected to develop the Institute infrastructure, staff complement, and avenues of fiscal support from the host institution, partnering organizations, and federal funding programs, as appropriate. In the current model, for example, funds were secured by the Director, for an Associate Director to oversee the many day-to day activities of the CIEE/ICEE including assisting with outreach, budgeting, fundraising, and arranging practical aspects of the Institute’s programs such as travel and local housing.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Institute Development: The Director proposes and develops new and innovative programs and partnerships that advance the CIEE/ICEE mission. This includes the recruitment and retention of member institutions.
  • Programs: The Director issues calls for proposals for CIEE/ICEE programs and, with advice from the Scientific Advisory Group, selects proposals for funding.
  • Communications and Outreach: The Director communicates information on CIEE/ICEE programs and accomplishments to relevant administrative officers at member institutions and to a broad community of potential users.
  • Fundraising: The Director seeks financial support from governmental granting programs, universities, private donors, and other sources. The Management Board assists with this responsibility.
  • Budget: The Director proposes a budget for approval by the Management Board.

The Directorship of CIEE/ICEE is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to influence the direction of ecological and evolutionary research through the promotion of new syntheses for the benefit of Canadians. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Chair of the Management Board (Mark Forbes, Dept. Biology, 206 Nesbitt Bldg,, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6). Applications for the directorship will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest and a CV to Mark Forbes: mforbes6@gmail.com.

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Post­doctoral Research Opportunity – Modelling Atlantic Salmon Life Histories

A two-year postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to model the life history of Atlantic salmon. The research will be undertaken under the supervision of Jeffrey Hutchings in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Confirmed funding sources for the project include the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (www.salmonconservation.ca/) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/).

The over-arching goal of the project is to construct a stochastic, dynamic model that can be used to address fundamental questions pertaining to population viability of Atlantic salmon. The work will involve, but not be limited to, analyses of per capita population growth, life-history elasticity, model sensitivity, and patterns of density dependence (including Allee effects) at different spatio-temporal scales. The model parameters will be based on a review, undertaken by the successful applicant, of data throughout the geographic range of the species, updating one undertaken in 1998.

Applicants will hold a PhD and have demonstrated expertise in modelling animal population dynamics. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research, to collaborate effectively with academic and government scientists, to collate and analyse large data sets, and to be competent in statistical modelling.

Salary: $50,000 CAD per annum. Funding for the postdoctoral position has been secured for two years.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin 15 April 2017. The anticipated start date is 15 May 2017 or shortly thereafter.

Address application materials to jhutch@dal.ca (+1 902 494 2687) to whom any questions can also be addressed.

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TENURE TRACK POSITION IN RANGE & FORAGE MANAGEMENT

The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in the area of range and forage utilization. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the area of rangeland ecology and management at the undergraduate level, develop a  graduate course in his or her area of expertise, supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and perform outreach duties as required. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead a vigorous, independent research program which will involve applied research of direct interest to industry and producers, as well as basic research that would be eligible for Government of Canada Tri-Council funding. Applications from grassland ecologists from any sub-discipline or from ecologists who work with grazing animals in native vegetation are welcomed.

Full details can be found at the following link: http://jobs.usask.ca/job_postings/jobs/usfa1728.php#.WJIPRn-m_Fk

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